Stones of Stenness

Finstown, Orkney Islands
Stone Circle

The Stones of Stenness, on Orkney, form a very impressive site. Now there are only four stones remaining (plus four stumps) out of an original (probable) twelve and the circle encloses a relatively small area. However, three of the stones are impressively tall making the visitor feel dwarfed.

The circle of stones are surrounded by a very deep ditch (now effectively filled), crossed by a causeway on the north side. At the centre of the circle a rectangular setting of stones are sunk cist-like into the ground. And between the centre and the northern entrance to the circle is another arrangement of three stones - two are standing and one lies before them now, but the original arrangement of these stones is unknown.

An outlying stone, possibly part of the Stenness complex, is the massive Watch Stone a couple of hundred metres away. Even closer is the Barnhouse neolithic settlement. South is the wonderful Maeshowe chambered cairn. And just a mile away is the great Ring of Brodgar.


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Nearby Sites:

Watch Stone

Standing Stone.

Less than 1km away.

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Barnhouse Neolithic Settlement

Neolithic Settlement.

Less than 1km away.

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Maeshowe

Chambered Cairn.

1km away.

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Ring of Brodgar

Stone Circle.

1km away.

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Unstan Chambered Cairn

Chambered Cairn.

2km away.

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Ring of Bookan

Chambered Cairn; Henge.

3km away.

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Cuween Hill

Chambered Cairn.

5km away.

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Orphir Round Church

Church.

8km away.

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Rennibister Earth House

Souterrain.

9km away.

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Skara Brae Neolithic Village

Neolithic Settlement.

10km away.

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Wideford Hill

Chambered Cairn.

10km away.

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